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DB to investigate case against Rozina Islam

  • Published at 03:30 pm May 19th, 2021
Prothom Alo journo Rozina Islam
Police produced Prothom Alo Senior Correspondent Rozina Islam at the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court in a case accusing her of trying to 'steal' government documents and taking photographs of them, May 18, 2021 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

A Dhaka court on Tuesday sent Islam, to jail after rejecting the police's demand for her 5 day remand

The controversial case filed against Prothom Alo journalist Rozina Islam has been transferred to the Detective Branch (DB) of police on Wednesday.

Harunur Rashid, additional deputy commissioner (Ramna zone) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) said the case has been transferred to the detectives.

Islam was handed over to police on Monday night after being held at the secretariat for over five hours.

Islam was arrested for allegedly attempting to illegally “collect sensitive government documents and taking photos of them” from the secretariat on Monday.

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A case was filed against Islam under the Official Secrets Act and sections 379 and 411 of The Penal Code on a complaint filed by the Health Services Division at Shahbagh police station.

Later, a Dhaka court on Tuesday sent Islam, to jail after rejecting the police's demand for her five-day remand.

Islam was taken to Kashimpur Central Women's Jail on Tuesday afternoon.

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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has formed a three-member probe committee to look into the confinement and later handover to police of journalist Rozina Islam at the secretariat on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Journalists formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club demanding unconditional release of journalist Islam and punishment of those involved in harassing her at the secretariat.

Dhaka Reporters Unity, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalist, Barisal Divisional Journalist Association, Bangladesh Secretariat Reporters Forum, Bangladesh Photo Journalists Association and other organizations joined the human chain around 11am.

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They also demanded withdrawal of false case filed against Rozina.

Besides, Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) held a protest rally in front of its office demanding the same.